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Strange Parallels: Volume 1, Integration on the Mainland: Southeast Asia…

by Victor Lieberman

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This book gets points for its ambition and its attempt to de-marginalize Southeast Asian history by bringing it back into discussion with larger historical trends. Lieberman places Southeast Asia withing the Eurasian context without falling into the traps of Euro-centric colonial historiography. However, the book is also repetitive and about four times as long as it needs to be. The 84 page introduction is worth reading, and essentially presents the entire argument of the book. The rest of it re...more This book gets points for its ambition and its attempt to de-marginalize Southeast Asian history by bringing it back into discussion with larger historical trends. Lieberman places Southeast Asia withing the Eurasian context without falling into the traps of Euro-centric colonial historiography. However, the book is also repetitive and about four times as long as it needs to be. The 84 page introduction is worth reading, and essentially presents the entire argument of the book. The rest of it re-makes the same argument in slightly more detail. The conclusion makes the argument again. ( )
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In an ambitious effort to overcome the extreme fragmentation of early Southeast Asian historiography, this study connects Southeast Asia to world history. Victor Lieberman argues that over a thousand years, each of mainland Southeast Asia's great lowland corridors experienced a pattern of accelerating integration punctuated by recurrent collapse. These trajectories were synchronized not only between corridors, but most curiously, between the mainland as a whole, much of Europe, and other sectors of Eurasia. Lieberman describes in detail the nature of mainland consolidation and dissects the mix of endogenous and external factors responsible.

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